Christie Shuts Down New Jersey Government, State Beaches and Parks Closed

"It's seems so hypocritical to me that Governor Christie orders a state government shutdown - which included Island Beach State Park - affecting the livelihoods of business along the northern barrier island and the Fourth of July weekend plans of thousands of folks", Wirth said.

'The governor has a residence at Island Beach, ' the unconcerned politician said to the NY Post. "Others don't", Christie said. "Run for governor and you can have a residence".

To be fair, Christie said, his family won't ask for any public services while spending their weekend at the gubernatorial beach house and guest house on Island Beach State Park, according to NJ101.5.

Prieto, D-32nd of Secaucus, called a budget vote shortly before 7:30 p.m. Friday, but the measure received only 26 yes votes, far short of the 41 needed to pass the measure.

"It's a $10 fee for a auto to get into the park. It's unfortunate. It's ironic".

Christie told reporters Saturday that the state will do what it must to function, either via federal funding or by running up a tab. Larry Manno of Ridgefield, Connecticut, told the Asbury Park Press, mocking what Christie told residents leading up to Superstorm Sandy.

People across the state were being turned away from parks and beaches over the holiday weekend.

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Christie reiterated his stance during a news conference Saturday, calling the standoff "embarrassing and pointless".

The shutdown of the state's government is complicated and based on the state government's failure to pass a budget and a fight over health care overhaul to Horizon, the state's largest healthcare provider, which was proposed by Christie.

As my colleagues Maddie Hanna and Andrew Siedman reported.

Christie has also demanded a bill to transfer state lottery funds into the underfunded public worker pension system to lessen its unfunded liability. In a statement to Fox 5, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto said, "Gov. Christie and the legislators who won't vote "yes" on the budget are responsible for this unacceptable shutdown".

"He's holding the budget ransom with these 24 members that have abstained, that should be voting for it, and those are the members that are shutting down government at this point in time, and they need to move that needle and change those abstentions to yeses". The pro-business New Jersey Business and Industry Association, typically a reliable Republican ally, has abandoned Christie on this issue.

Such a fiscal debacle had been avoided since 2006, when New Jersey Democrats shut down the government in an argument over raising the state sales tax despite controlling the governorship and both chambers of the Legislature.

"If the Horizon bill comes in, I will sign the budget", he said, adding that he was open to counteroffers. The response, in a word, is heartening. The governor's office sent a letter at midnight Friday detailing which agencies would be closed and to what extent operations would continue.


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